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A place-based semester high school for girls.

Western United States 

Fall 2022: August 26 – December 8

Montana | Wyoming | Utah | Colorado | Arizona

Unleash your inner explorer as you meander through the forest-covered mountains of the Rockies; the red-streaked walls of southern Utah; and the cacti-filled deserts of the Southwest. You’ll live out your van-life dreams as students and faculty travel the region in two sprinter vans, camping and staying in lodges along the journey. Discover the West like you’ve never before. 

This 15-week semester will develop your critical inquiry skills; broaden your understanding of power, privilege and identity in the US; help you pursue outdoor challenges through multiple expeditions; and strengthen your community-based leadership principles. You will finish the semester feeling inspired to form your own opinions, deeply connected to your tight-knit cohort and empowered to confront the beauty and complexities of U.S. realities. 

Impact

The Traveling School didn’t change who I was, but it empowered me to take my own path and tap into my natural curiosity. It gave me that extra confidence to be able to put myself out there and take risks to follow my passions and interests.

Liz, Alumna Fall 2015

In class, you might...

  • Observe how flash-floods shape the canyon ecosystems of southern Utah's Bears Ears National Monument.
  • Discuss the historical and present controversies around public land management in the west.
  • Unpack US immigration policy while having class in front of the US - Mexico border wall
  • Hear from local environmental and indigenous activists as you learn about the Land Back movement for indigenous sovereignty.

Outside of class, you might...

  • Rock climb the granite walls of southern Arizona.
  • Explore the geysers of Yellowstone National Park after waking up early to wolf-watch in Lamar Valley.
  • Participate in cultural exchange on Navajo Nation while your group stays with a Navajo host.
  • Packraft Montana's Dearborn river, finessing your paddle strokes.

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